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After Lowering Speed Limits for Pedestrian Safety, Town Writes 1,000% More Speeding Tickets

Police are enforcing speed limits in the name of public safety in North Haledon, New jersey. Drivers are being urged to respect the speed limit.
July 30, 2019, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Tougher speed limits have caused a huge spike in tickets handed out to drivers on some local thoroughfares, and no one is apologizing for it," reports Philip DeVencentis from the Passaic County, New Jersey town of North Haledon.

"Police began cracking down in mid-February, enforcing a new ordinance that reduced speed limits on seven portions of four Passaic County roads: Belmont Avenue, High Mountain Road, North Haledon Avenue and Squaw Brook Road," adds DeVencentis.

Police Chief Todd Darby is quoted in the article justifying the new speed limits and increasing number of tickets on the basis of public safety. "Darby cited a number of serious pedestrian strikes, particularly on High Mountain Road, within the past five years," according to DeVencentis.

Compare this corner of New Jersey's strategy for enforcing traffic laws to that of Los Angeles, which in 2018 raised speed limits to enable more enforcement in accordance with state law.

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Published on Monday, July 29, 2019 in The North Jersey Record
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